The best thing about summer is the sheer abundance of things to do outside. The sunshine coupled with late nights invites many opportunities for activity. Here are some of Good Feet’s favorite things to do once the summer hits, and, because keeping healthy is so important to Good Feet, we’ve thrown in some ways to get the most out of the summer–the healthy way.
- Visit a lavender farm where you can choose to pick your own lavender or buy prepackaged bundles. This is a fun outing for the whole family and appropriate for all activity levels simply because you can choose your engagement level.
- Cooking is fun all year long. But it’s not fun when it heats up the kitchen on an already hot day. Prep your food inside, but cook outside on the grill. To give your cookout a healthy spin, grill some peppers and onions alongside your hotdogs. Simply drizzle with olive oil and pop them on the grill! Grilled peppers are also a tasty alternative to chips–and perfect with guacamole. And remember to give the chef some lemonade!
- Go to the movies–outside. Many towns host outdoor movies during the summer months, but you can also make your own movie night right at home. Because it gets dark so late, try pitching a tent for maximum ambiance, and bring whatever device you watch your movies on inside the tent with you. For a hydrating, healthy movie snack, bring some watermelon slices. But don’t forget the napkins!
- Berry picking. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. The list could go on! Berry picking and preserving (and simply eating) is a quintessential summer activity. It can take some time though, and there is a lot of squatting and kneeling involved. Before you hit the patch, do some limbering up exercises and stretch legs afterwards. It will keep berry-picking induced soreness away.
- Gardening. Gardening uses a lot of the same muscles that berry picking does. If you’re at risk for muscle stiffness, consider gardening with raised beds and investing in a small gardening stool. Changing from squatting to sitting helps because it takes the pressure of your knees, and it is a position that can be held for longer.
- In addition to heading around the neighborhood for a walk or jog, take your workout to the pool. There is nothing like a refreshing swim on a hot summer day, and you don’t have to be an olympian to get a good workout.
Take full advantage of the long daylight hours and warm weather with these suggestions for ways to have fun in the sun! Which activity will you choose?